68-yr-old ex-engineer held in Rs 85 cr ($13.5m) fraud case



Ex-engineer duped people of Rs 85cr, held

15 April 2015

The Times of India – Delhi Edition

A 68-year-old retired engineer, who duped several investors on the pretext of trading through National Stock Exchange and other financial institutions and cheated them of around Rs 85 crore, has been arrested by the economic offences wing. Police said the accused, Ashok Kumar, a gold medalist from IIT Roorkee, had share trading companies Kassa Finvest Pvt Ltd and Kassa Holdings and Consultants Pvt Ltd. Continue reading


Muddy Waters’ Carson Block sounds like he’s having a great day since the co-CEO of one of his short targets China NQ Mobile stepped down


Carson Block sounds like he’s having a great day since the co-CEO of one of his short targets stepped down


Influential short-seller Carson Block, the founder of Muddy Waters Research, seems pleased this morning. That’s because NQ Mobile’s co-CEO, Omar Khan, just stepped down from his role at the Chinese telecom company that Block has publicly called a “massive fraud.” The company said Khan will remain in an advisory role through December 31, 2015.

“We wish all the best to Omar Khan in his new endeavors, which will doubtless provide fewer opportunities for self-humiliation,”Block’s Muddy Waters Research Tweeted.

In October 2013, Block published a damning research report accusing the company of having “fictitious” revenues and customers that don’t really exist. Continue reading

Noble Group barred from Platts’ oil pricing process


Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:30pm EDT

Noble Group barred from Platts’ oil pricing process – sources


(Reuters) – Commodity trader Noble Group has been barred from taking part in some of the trading processes used to set global oil price benchmarks by reporting agency Platts, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Noble, the Singapore-listed merchant that has been battling criticism of its accounting practices this year, is not able to act as a “market maker” – actively offering both bids and offers to facilitate trading – in the half-hour trading process run by Platts, part of McGraw Hill Financials Inc. Continue reading